St. John the Baptist Church

St. John the Baptist Church (HM6AC)

Location: Newark, DE 19711 New Castle County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 41.027', W 75° 44.731'

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In 1868, the original Old Village Presbyterian Church, which stood on this location, was purchased by Charles A. Murphey. The property was donated to the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, and the church was named St. Patrick's. It became a mission of Church of Immaculate Conception in Elkton, Md. On the morning of December 25, 1880, the Floor collapsed, and a decision was made to raze the church. While a new church was being built, Sunday Mass was held in the Newark Grange Hall. Because of the monies contributed by Father John A. Lyons and his family, the church was renamed in honor of his patron, St. John the Baptist. The cornerstone of the present building was laid on June 24, 1883, and construction was completed in December. In 1946 a major interior renovation was executed by the Philadelphia architects, Gleeson and Mulrooney. Building modifications included the installation of twelve memorial stained glass windows and a rose window at the south front facade. The belfry was altered after being struck by lightning in 1953. In July of 1991, a fire caused extensive damage to the front of the sanctuary. Due to the quick response of the Aetna Hose Hook and Ladder Company, the structure was saved. The building is an excellent example of Romanesque Revival ecclesiastical architecture as interpreted by Newark builders.
HM NumberHM6AC
Marker NumberNC-122
Year Placed2002
Placed ByDelaware Public Archives
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 at 11:28pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 436070 N 4392926
Decimal Degrees39.68378333, -75.74551667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 41.027', W 75° 44.731'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 41' 1.62" N, 75° 44' 43.86" W
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Area Code(s)302
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 14 N Chapel St, Newark DE 19711, US
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